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Inspiring Military Mom Contest

ALL YOU magazine is holding an Inspiring Military Mom contest right now:

Do you know a woman who juggles it all—not just taking care of her family and a job but also managing the incredible challenge and privilege of serving our country? Or someone who holds down the home front alone while her spouse is on the front line, yet still manages to give back?

Nominate an Inspiring Military Mom that you know and they can win a $250 gift card and will be featured in ALL YOU magazine.

Nomination Deadline: June 14, 2013

Click here to nominate!

May is National Military Appreciation Month

US flagMay is National Military Appreciation Month. Today is “Loyalty Day” and other special days this month include:

  • May 5-10: Public Service Recognition Week
  • May 8: Victory in Europe Day
  • May 10: Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • May 19: Armed Forces Day
  • May 30: Memorial Day

Look for special events at your installation, and check this calendar for public events:

April is the Month of the Military Child


Since 1986, April has been designated the Month of the Military Child. Military installations all over the world are hosting special events, plus free and discounted activities in honor of military children, and most of these events and activities fall under 2 major categories: those hosted by CYS (Child and Youth Services) and those hosted by MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation). Some activities are just for kids, but many are for the entire family.

Learn more about the Month of the Military Child and events:

Fort Carson-specific information:

FREE Mom Mastery (Online) Summit – Starts Tomorrow!

Mom Mastery SummitA FREE 4-day Mom Mastery Summit starts tomorrow, April 12 and goes through April 15. More than 2 dozen workshops are sheduled with some great folks that include:

  • Crystal Paine a.k.a. MoneySavingMom
  • Tosca Reno — the “Eat Clean” fitness model and author
  • The Duggars of “19 Kids and Counting”
  • Gary Chapman, author of “The Five Love Languages”

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I learned about this Summit at Launch – Job Matching & Prizes - Social Network for Military Community

Connect with veterans and military spouses at, a new, free social network for the military community.

Today the MilNetwork is offering job matching. From MilNework:

Today, we will match jobs based on your posts, and all you have to do is login, tell us what you are looking for, and where, and we will send out links to jobs that match. We also are doing a daily $50 Visa gift card giveaway, and a monthly iPad giveaway. . . No annoying ads, or apps like Facebook, just open and honest discussions amongst those who have served, and those who support them. We hope to see you online today.”

Welcome to MilSpouseLife

cards-croppedWelcome to MilSpouseLife, a resource and online refuge for spouses married to servicemembers. Why just for military spouses? Because life married to a Soldier, Sailor, Airmen or Marine is filled with experiences and challenges unlike any in civilian life.

When you say “I do” to that servicemember, you are also saying “I do” to Uncle Sam. And Uncle Sam gets a mighty big say in your life, whether you want him to or not.

Not to worry. Thanks to support networks, resources, legislation and your own resilience, you can shape your own life despite Uncle Sam’s meddling.

I’ll warn you right now: it won’t be easy. Pulling together a happy family life, a comfortable home, education, career, and mental and physical well-being is challenging enough. While many  have learned to get through Uncle Sam’s major life changes such as unplanned moves to unexpected places and deployments in-stride, it’s often at a cost. Degrees go unfinished. Careers gets derailed. Your children’s growing-up years become a patchwork of friendships and schools. Sometimes family traditions get upheld, sometimes they fall to the way-side.

MilSpouseLife is here to help. Come back to learn about resources available to you. Learn to draw on the skills and resolve that you already have, so you can accomplish what you want in life, even as the military leads you down unexpected paths.